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Stories by Todd R. Weiss

Chief Digital Officer: Hot new tech title or flash in the pan?

Enterprises like Sears, Starbucks and Harvard are hiring Chief Digital Officers to help monetise digital content, better connect with customers and drive their businesses forward. But does every company need one?

Written by Todd R. Weiss29 July 13 11:01

Smacking SharePoint into shape

More than half of all SharePoint shops have had to add functionality to the core software, which came as a surprise to a number of them. Here's what they're doing.

Written by Todd R. Weiss29 May 13 11:23

Build a private social network that employees will actually use

More and more companies are creating private social networks that help their employees learn from each other and drive the business forward. Here are tips from four companies that are finding success with internal social networks.

Written by Todd R. Weiss30 July 12 10:54

Graceful exits from IT: Why CIOs decide to move on

Great CIOs and IT executives help drive their companies by being agile, innovative managers. They nurture their employees, build talented teams and foster creativity in their people. They try new things. They lead by example.

Written by Todd R. Weiss16 July 12 14:52

Life after IT: When CIOs leave at the top of their game

Great CIOs and IT executives help drive their companies through innovation and agile management. They nurture their employees, build talented teams and generate creativity in their people. They try new things and improve upon the old. They lead by example.

Written by Todd R. Weiss02 April 12 23:57

Cool cop tech: 5 new technologies helping police fight crime

CSI and its imitators have introduced TV viewers to some of the advanced technologies used by crime-scene investigators. But they aren't the only law enforcement personnel benefitting from technology; police officers across the nation have an arsenal of high-tech devices to help them investigate and solve cases.

Written by Todd R. Weiss17 Feb. 12 02:31

What's the big deal about Hadoop?

Hadoop is <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9221636/Hadoop_ready_for_corporate_IT_execs_say">all the rage</a>, it seems. With <a href="http://wiki.apache.org/hadoop/PoweredBy">more than 150 enterprises</a> of various sizes using it -- including major companies such as JP Morgan Chase, <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9136345/Google_Update">Google</a> and Yahoo -- it <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9221495/Q_A_Hadoop_creator_expects_surge_in_interest_to_continue">may seem inevitable</a> that the open-source Big Data management system will land in your shop, too.

Written by Todd R. Weiss15 Feb. 12 02:49

SaaS ERP is making the grade at Brown University

When powerful ERP applications are needed by growing businesses today, SaaS ERP is being looked at more and more as a viable option to traditional complex, expensive and labor-intensive packaged ERP suites. And while SaaS ERP is still young, in the right setting and with the right users, it's offering some eye-opening real world gains for a variety of organizations.

Written by Todd R. Weiss23 Aug. 11 09:40

Prevent internal IT sabotage

Preventing external attacks to IT systems is a huge and critical task for most companies, but what are businesses doing to stop similar attacks when they come from within? That's a question that more companies should be asking themselves as internal IT sabotage cases regularly hit businesses hard, causing big monetary losses and often knocking companies offline for days or weeks.

Written by Todd R. Weiss20 Aug. 11 05:52

ERP apps gaining useful new social media tools

Consumer-friendly social media tools are finally being integrated into complex ERP applications. Enhancing ERP with deep social media capabilities will allow for easy and fast communications between businesses and customers.

Written by Todd R. Weiss17 Aug. 11 07:05

Fear of change impedes Cloud Adoption for companies

It's not budgets, technology issues or strategic worries that are creating roadblocks for Cloud projects in many enterprises. Instead, deep-seated fears of change and requirements for more Cloud education are keeping many enterprises from moving forward.

Written by Todd R. Weiss05 Aug. 11 06:57

Software license audits: Avoid SAP, rent-a-center brouhaha

When your company contracts with an enterprise applications vendor for a fixed number of software licenses for your users, it behooves you to carefully monitor that usage at all times.

Written by Todd R. Weiss30 July 11 04:18

Managing your cloud's performance: Best practices

Once you move your core IT systems into private or public cloud networks, your work isn't over. Now you have a different set of technology issues to deal with: managing the cloud to ensure that your investments pay off for your enterprise and deliver the efficiencies and ROI that you're expecting.

Written by Todd R. Weiss20 July 11 00:47